This easy-to-read romance is set in the stunning jungles of Costa Rica, where turtle watching and swinging through rainforest canopies are normal date activities. Ava Langston swaps life in Bath for her dream job as head honcho for a beachfront café in the Latin American paradise. While frothing cappuccinos made from freshly-picked coffee beans, she finds herself embroiled in a love triangle between suave Santiago and rugged Ryan. Both admirers give her butterflies, but which one will she choose?
This classic novel was the basis for last year’s hit ITV series ‘The Durrells’. The funny, autobiographical account details Durrell’s childhood in Corfu, after his family swap cold, grey England for life on the sunny Greek island with an eccentric collection of pets. From olive groves and cypress trees to geckos and glowworms, he vividly details Corfu’s amazing natural attractions, and weaves them into humorous accounts of his family life. You can even visit the White House where Durrell and his family lived, which has now been turned into a local taverna.
This author’s debut novel was one of the best-selling books of 2016. The coming-of-age story is about a country girl called Tess who moves to New York and becomes a waitress at one of the finest restaurants in the city. As well as rubbing shoulders with elite members of Manhattan society, she learns all about her new hometown through the medium of food and wine, and even gets drawn into an illicit and exciting love triangle. If this culinary-centric title doesn’t give you an appetite for the Big Apple’s legendary foodie scene, nothing will.
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A tangled web of secrets, a dreamy, tropical location and an escapist feel give this book all the ingredients for a great page-turner. Ruby Miller is a romance writer who loses her faith in love when she discovers her fiancé cheating, so her sister invites her on holiday to Goa to forget all about him. But, rather than the relaxing beach break she anticipates, she ends up engrossed in a thrilling holiday adventure involving stolen bags, her runaway sister and a mysterious American stranger. On her journey across India she explores fortresses, meets fortune tellers and ticks off famous landmarks.
This feel-good novel is centred on the friendship between Hattie and Jo, and is the sequel to Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me. Jo has been recently widowed and is considering selling her huge Cumbrian manor-turned-hotel. Hattie convinces her not to make any life-changing decisions, and to take a break in Barbados where Jo’s son runs a bar. So they swap Cumbria for sipping cocktails on the beach and swaying to reggae beats. Then, the holiday in paradise sets off a course of events that bring mayhem to Jo and her family, and she discovers that life can begin again at fifty.
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